2018 Call for Entries

2018 Potomac Chapter Professional Awards

Each year, the Potomac Chapter ASLA honors the best in landscape architecture in the DC metropolitan area through a juried awards program.

This year there are two exciting changes to the program.

  1. We have added one new category— Public Sector Leadership.
  1. All members and applicants will be notified in advance of the names of the winning firms and projects (although not the level of the award).

We hope this new category and notification strategy will better highlight the impact and regional significance of a broader range of projects and create a more dynamic and celebratory atmosphere at the Annual Gala.  We look forward to seeing you when all awards are presented at the Gala on May 3rd at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).



The Potomac Chapter awards program is open to individuals, firms, agencies, and academic institutions.  Entries should either be designed by offices located in the DC metropolitan area OR be projects that are located in the DC metropolitan area.


  • Framed certificate and recognition at the Annual Gala & Awards Banquet
  • Award entry posted on potomacasla.org
  • Award entry featured in exhibition at the District Architectural Center, June 27 – August 31.


DESIGN- BUILT Recognizes site specific works of landscape architecture or urban design.  Professional entries in this category must be completed and realized.

DESIGN- UNBUILT Recognizes innovative vision within landscape architecture or urban design for projects that have not been constructed.

ANALYSIS, PLANNING, AND URBAN DESIGN Recognizes the wide variety of professional activities that lead, guide, and evaluate landscape architecture design.  Entries are not required to be built or implemented.

COMMUNICATIONS AND RESEARCH Recognizes print, digital, video, and audio media that communicates landscape architecture principles, techniques, technologies, history, or theory.

SOCIAL IMPACT Recognizes public interest projects designed to directly benefit social equality, humanitarian, community or environmental needs and causes; or processes that are community-centered and engage a broad and comprehensive group of stakeholders

 HISTORIC PRESERVATION Recognizes projects focused on historic preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, and projects related to the inventory of historic resources.

PUBLIC SECTOR LEADERSHIP Recognizes landscape architecture achievements by governmental, quasi-public or non-profit organizations, firms or individuals working in the public sector.  Designed to recognize individuals or agencies whose regulatory works improve ecosystem services and human well-being.  Because this is a new category, more details are below and applicants can submit additional materials.

Typical entries include: policies, codes or guidelines that improve the outdoor environment (such as water quality, soil conservation, native habitat restoration, expanded urban tree canopy, physical and/or mental fitness, public health and safety, for example), or other contributions to the success of any type of ecological / landscape / urban planning project that has proven to have had a positive impact on environmental health, through leadership from the public sector.  Examples of leadership include: instigating or championing key aspects of an unconventional design solution, or shepherding a project through a complex review and approval process to successfully overcome development or reviewing authority approval constraints.

Criteria: Show data to demonstrate continuous progress over at least three years towards meeting a project’s landscape performance goals, as evaluated based on measurement of improvements over baseline conditions.  Baseline data may be data collected prior to the project, or policy implementation, or from data gathered from the first year of the project or policy.

Presentation Materials: Provide a narrative outlining the goal of the work and how the implementation of the requirements has met the proposed outcomes.  Submit codes, guidelines, technical manuals or similar documents or weblinks.  Provide supplemental information showing the data, such as infographics (e.g. baseline and performance data), and other supporting images to demonstrate the success of the project.



Potomac Chapter Member: $155 per entry

Non-Potomac Chapter Member: $275 per entry
(includes one membership to Potomac Chapter)


DEADLINE: Thursday, March 15th by 6:00 PM EST


Read the full Submission Requirements and More Details: Potomac Chapter Call for Entries Requirements 2018 final


Click here to submit your project.

Note: Entrants will need to create an account on SlideRoom prior to filling out the Awards Entry Form and Uploading Submittals. A different email address is required for each entry.

Questions? Email info@potomacasla.org.

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